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WHO delays decision to declare coronavirus outbreak health emergency

WHO delays decision to declare coronavirus outbreak health emergency”

"Human-to-human transmission of the disease has appeared, and the virus is likely to mutate". Hours later, neighbouring Huanggang, a city of about 7 million people, and Ezhou announced a similar lockdown.

One of his travelling companions, a 37-year-old man from Wuhan, has also been admitted to hospital as a suspect case.

"You can be infected and not know you're infected", said DeWitte-Orr.

China will also close Beijing's Forbidden City, one of the country's most revered cultural sites, the Palace Museum said yesterday.

"Staff of state organs, enterprises and institutions shall wear masks at work, and operators of public venues should set up eye-catching signs to request residents to put on masks before entering", said a notice issued by the Wuhan municipal government.

This suspicion was first established based on a case that involved a woman in Wuhan who had never visited the market, but who was married to a man who worked there and who had first contracted the virus.

The father was hospitalised on January 17 with a high fever, days before his son showed symptoms, health officials said.

Because a novel coronavirus has spread throughout China and jumped to four other countries, the world is on red alert.

It cited an unnamed source at the construction company that will build it. "12%2C-authorities-say" class="local_link" target="_blank">first acknowledged the unexplained illness in over two dozen people on December 31., but the first coronavirus cases weren't reported in other Chinese cities until weeks later. Temple fairs are banned, film releases postponed and the Forbidden City will be closed to the public.

"The new pneumonia is our new common enemy", Shi Chengwei, a driver, told AFP.

He said, "I couldn't help myself. The price has gone up slightly, but there has been no panic-buying", said a local vendor in Wuchang District of the city. He warned that the restrictions could hamper efforts to move medical supplies and personnel-and also scare infected people away from seeking care.

Heymann said the virus appears to be risky for older people with other health issues.

"As the situation develops we will update should there be any confirmed cases of coronavirus, rather than provide a running update on cases being considered on a precautionary basis".

"The decision is one I take extremely seriously and one I am only prepared to make with appropriate consideration of all the evidence", Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO's director-general, said during the press conference, referring to whether to declare a public health emergency.

WHO convened its emergency committee of independent experts on Thursday to consider whether the outbreak should be declared a global health emergency, after the group failed to come to a consensus on Wednesday.

A quarantine of this scale has not been attempted before, with the size of the cities making a full lockdown almost impossible.

If it does so, it will be the sixth global public health emergency to be declared in the last decade. "It was not directly related to the specific epidemiology in the city", Houssin said. The company said it's in active discussions with researchers and clinicians in the USA and China.

"Our aspiration with these technologies is to bring a new pathogen from gene sequence to clinical testing in 16 weeks", said Richard Hatchett, CEPI's chief executive.

Non-fatal cases have been found in at least seven other countries.

Authorities had confirmed 571 cases and 17 deaths by the end of Wednesday, China's National Health Commission said.

To date, nine other countries, including the United States, have diagnosed cases of this new illness in tourists who traveled to Wuhan or residents who returned from there.



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